said by MaynardKrebs:That's why Comcrap has Craptastic caps, too. Just that 250 GB happens to be viable in 2011. Call us in 2-3 years to see how that's working for ya.
In Canada, most of the large ISP's (Bell Canada, Rogers Cable, Videotron Cable, Shaw Cable) are ALL of the following:
1) a carrier (copper/coax/fiber)
2) a landline phone service proovider
3) a cellphone service provider
4) a TV service provider
5) TV network owner
5) TV content producers (series, movie-of-the-week, etc...)
- They don't want to let you get out of their walled garden of content.
- They don't want to let you access content cheaper via the net vs. signing up for their 'channel bundles', which contain only 1 channel you really want to watch.
- They want you to be forced to not only buy internet service but also TV service as well.
- They want to edge up prices of landline internet access closer to the cost of wireless data (up the *ss without lube).
In Canada - until the recent series of fatally flawed CRTC (read FCC) decisions - there was reasonable regulation over the big companies to require that independent ISP's could lease last-mile access to customer homes and businesses.
The big ISP's who are screaming about bandwidth 'hogs' are not only getting paid for the link from the end-user premises to the central office, but they are also getting paid additional money for capacity-based links from the central offices to the independent ISP's operations centers.
To recap for those of you who don't get it - the incumbents get paid for the fixed link to the end-user premises AND they also get paid for ALL the bandwidth the end-user customer uses (the capacity links). Now the incumbents want to charge yet again for the consumption of the end-user - in addition to what they are currently being paid by the independent ISP!!!!!
Because the incumbents don't want anyone in the country to be able to access the internet more cheaply than the incumbent charges it's own
sheep customers. It's bad for the TV business and all that, you see.
Comcast-NBC sound familiar?